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Two Harbors City Council; April 24, 2023 Two Harbors Police Officers Honored  For Their Life Saving Efforts

There was a packed house at Monday night’s City Council meeting in Two Har­bors. Many people came to witness the pre­sentation of Commendations to Two Harbors Police officers Colin Stein and Sean Jones. Chief Hogenson and Assistant Chief Ander­son were on hand to make the presentations. Officers Stein and Jones received their com­mendations for their life saving efforts on April 15th when they responded to the call to help an individual who was unresponsive. It turned out that the individual was overcome by an overdose of fentanyl. Officers Stein and Jones performed both CPR and admin­istered Narcan, saving the individual’s life. In his presentation, Chief Hogenson said, “The action and effort of these two officers undoubtedly saved the life of another human being. Assistant Chief Anderson and I, on be­half of the Two Harbors Police Department and the city of Two Harbors, are honored to present the Life Saver Award to officer Colin Stein and officer Sean Jones.”

City Finance Director, Miranda Pietila, pre­sented a feasibility study that City Council commissioned last month for the 2023 side­walk improvement project. This is the third year of the project and the work will concen­trate along the south side of the 600 and 700 blocks of Eleventh Avenue. Sidewalks will be replaced on both sides of the 800 and 900 blocks of Tenth Avenue. The City is covering the majority of the cost for this project with benefiting property owners being assessed $50 per sidewalk square adjoining their prop­erty lines. The work is slated to begin this coming August and September. Details on the project, including preliminary assessment estimates are available on the city’s web page under Council Minutes for April 24, page 173. Property owners have the right to object to the assessment. Objections must be filed in writing prior to a final assessment hearing which will be scheduled for October.

Jose Olson, of MNDOT, was on hand to answer council’s questions about moving forward with the Hwy 61 project. Most of the discussion was focused on the portion of Highway 61 at the East end of town be­tween Park Road and 4th Street. Council will be taking information shared by Olson into consideration as they make their decisions about moving forward with the project. The funding shortfall has not been resolved as of yet, but hopefully City Administration will hear from Saint Paul in the near future.

Andrew Grice of KDV presented the re­sults of the 2022 City Audit. The overall find­ings show that the City’s finances are in good shape. Grice said that the audit rating for the city is an unmodified opinion, which is the best rating available. Details of the audit are available on the city’s web page.

Jolene Brink proposed a grant application for waterfront planning. Brink lives in town and is part of a group called Citizens Insti­tute on Rural Design (CIRD). The hope is to promote collaboration between interested cit­izens and CIRD on design ideas for the city’s waterfront.

Several residents appeared before the Council, requesting that the city continue the practice of providing zoom access to all city meetings. Though no action was taken on this issue, the topic will be up for further consid­eration and discussion by the Council. Zoom access provides a level of ease and transpar­ency and encourages civic engagement by the residents of Two harbors.

Lee Senst was appointed to a position on the Planning Commission and the Council approved a revised summer schedule for city staff. From May 24th to September 4th, city staff will work 10 hour days from Monday through Thursday with offices being closed on Fridays.

The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, May 8th at 6:00 PM.

Rick Evans
Rick Evans
My wife, Marsha Kinzer (a proud DEHS Greyhound, class of ‘77) introduced me to the North Shore on vacation in 2012. It became our regular escape when the stress of our careers in education became overwhelming, and it didn’t take me long to fall in love with the breathtaking scenery, the nice people, and “salad” containing Jell-o and marshmallows. So you can either blame or thank my loving wife for my being here, because when we needed to choose a retirement hometown, Marsha advocated hard for her beloved Duluth, and here we are, six months later. Yes, this will be my first northern Minnesota winter. Yes, I welcome thoughts and prayers. Government, public policy, and social justice weighed heavily in the curriculums I taught at the high school level over a thirty-eight year career. In addition, we were a laboratory school focused on critical thinking in conjunction with technical and scientific writing. So when I found myself adrift on the great ocean of retirement and spied a raft, I jumped at the chance to take up what I’d left behind…minus the bad teachers’ lounge coffee. My position at the NSJ allows me to combine my passions for government and writing, and it’s helping me to feel less out of touch in new surroundings. When I’m not being “Cubby” (Marsha’s favorite new nickname for this green reporter) I enjoy pointing at eagles and saying, “Look, honey. There’s an eagle.” I’ve had an active side hustle as a professional musician for almost as many years as Charlie Parr. As a guitarist/singer/songwriter, I graced the stages of clubs and festivals around southern Wisconsin, including an appearance on A Prairie Home Companion. Should I even mention A Prairie Home Companion, or am I the only one here old enough to remember what that is? Look! An eagle!
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